Raquel Welch
Actress
Raquel Welch
Jo Raquel Tejada, better known as Raquel Welch, is a American actress, author and sex symbol. Welch came to attention as a "new-star" on the 20th Century Fox lot in the mid-1960s. She posed iconically in an animal skin bikini for the British-release One Million Years B.C. (1966), for which she may be best known. She later starred in Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970).
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That's Probably Raquel Welch, Not Kourtney, In That Kardashian Photo (UPDATE)
Huffington Post - 4 days
UPDATE: Feb. 24 ― A short video clip shared Friday on Snapchat by Kourtney Kardashian panned across a photograph, hanging in sister Khloe’s home, of a woman on a cross. The photo prompted speculation that it was Kourtney herself who appeared in the photo (this article previously stipulated as much). Rather, the photo very strongly resembles a work by British photographer Terry O’Neill, “Raquel Welch on the Cross, Los Angeles,” for which she wore a costume from the 1966 film “One Million Years B.C.” Previously: It appears Kourtney Kardashian is taking notes from Yeezus.  On Friday, the mother-of-three shared a clip on her Snapchat, walking viewers through her sister Khloe’s home. At one point, she goes up the stairs to reveal what appears to be a large framed photo of herself in the image of Jesus crucified on the cross, just casually hanging on the wall. Kourtney Kardashian has a picture of herself as Jesus being krucified on the kross? pic.twitter.com/1qqbdmD03y ...
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For Vogue, by MARIA WARD. This week, Julia Louis-Dreyfus celebrated her 56th birthday. You may think you know her well, after seeing her on your living room TV screen for decades, but did you know that the award-winning actress got her first taste of comedy at age 3? It was midway through a dance class, when a wee Louis-Dreyfus forgot the steps to her routine and was delighted to find that it made people laugh: “Of course, my mother was mortified, but I thought it was real good! And I stuck with that choreography for the rest of the class,” she once told a reporter. Here, in honor of her birthday, five other things you may not have known about Julia Louis-Dreyfus. 1. Seinfeld writers thought Elaine’s dance moves might kill Louis-Dreyfus’s career. Show writer Spike Feresten later told The Huffington Post that Seinfeld creator Larry David was not a fan of the eighth season episode “The Little Kicks,” in which Elaine dances; he only got approval on the story line after David left. ...
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Nightlife Photographer Patrick McMullan Explains What It's Like To Party For A Living
Huffington Post - 5 months
When Patrick McMullan was in the ninth grade, he told his guidance counselor he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. When pressed to provide some sort of career outlook, he said what most teens would say: “Well, I like going to parties.” The guidance counselor was less than impressed, telling McMullan, “Well, forget it. You’re never going to find a job going to parties.”  And then, he did. McMullan, who recently syndicated his entire collection of photographs with Getty Images to increase their visibility, has become a mainstay in the celebrity nightlife scene. Over the years, he’s given us myriad iconic photos (like the one below of a young Leonardo DiCaprio goofing around in New York City.) Not only has he managed to carve a spot for himself in the industry, he’s also made plenty of famous friends along the way. McMullan’s interest in shooting celebrity nightlife stems from his general love of parties and a desire to capture all types of people. Building relat ...
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Classic Hollywood: Raquel Welch reflects on her life as a sex symbol and movie star
LATimes - 6 months
At the beginning of “Fantastic Voyage,” star Stephen Boyd can be forgiven for being momentarily distracted by the comely technical assistant for “the top brain man in the country.” He’s about to operate on a comatose Russian scientist who has defected to the West, but what he really wants to know...
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Classic Hollywood: Raquel Welch reflects on her life as a sex symbol and movie star
LATimes - 6 months
At the beginning of “Fantastic Voyage,” star Stephen Boyd can be forgiven for being momentarily distracted by the comely technical assistant for “the top brain man in the country.” He’s about to operate on a comatose Russian scientist who has defected to the West, but what he really wants to know...
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This Bombshell Has Been Named The Best Bikini Body Of All Time
The Huffington Post - 8 months
The gorgeous Raquel Welch has been named the hottest bikini body of all time in a new survey. The actress, now 75, set hearts racing in 1966’s “One Million Years B.C.” in which she flaunted her flawless figure in a now-iconic fur bikini. And it seems no one has been able to compete with her since. More...
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Freaking Out in Our 40s, by the Last Unbotoxed Woman on Earth
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I have friends in their 40s like me, then there are the younger set, and I see a difference. Let's begin with social media. "Someone mistook me for 21 today!!!" posted a 43 year old acquaintance. Braggadocio earned her 140 likes in under 120 minutes. Comments from others followed about being mistaken for much (!) younger. Facebook feeds our narcissistic desires and I personally "like" that. It works to my benefit, especially since I have an otherwise overlooked summer birthday. My friends in their 30s post about John Hamm, Netflix or naptime between baby feedings. Those who post about work - Well, I probably don't pay attention - but they rarely have happy endings. Anyway, the response to the 43 year old swiftly becomes a manic flurry of "me too"s, with nary a 30 or 20something chiming in. I am candid with myself and I know we are all going through some sort of "life crisis." With options in the modern world like lunchtime surgical nips, fillers and great makeup (contouring!), as ...
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Just 19 Out Of 790 SNL Episodes Have Been Hosted By A Latino
Huffington Post - over 1 year
On Feb. 21, 1976, the Cuban-born actor and musician Desi Arnaz took the stage to host the 14th episode of the inaugural season of “Saturday Night Live” -- a comedy show that would become a pop culture fixture, offering wide exposure for those lucky enough to be invited to host. Arnaz was followed on episode 18 by Raquel Welch, an actress of partial Bolivian descent. Fifteen years would pass before another Latino would hold the honor of SNL host. Immigrant rights activists and Latino advocates have lambasted the lack of diversity on the show in the lead up to the Nov. 7 episode, which GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump will host. Leaders like the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have called on the show to disinvite Trump, pointing to the real estate mogul's remarks characterizing Mexicans as “rapists” who are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” into the U.S. NBC Universal, SNL's parent company, cut its business ties with the candidate over the comments. Some contend that if ...
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Raquel Welch Looks Amazing In Curve-Hugging Red Gown At The Governors Awards
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Raquel Welch looked so amazing in a body-hugging red gown at the 2013 Governors Awards on Saturday night (Nov. 16), that we're convinced she's found a way to freeze time. At 73, Welch proved she's sexy as ever as she posed for photographers along the red carpet at the event presented by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read More... More on Celebrities
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Raquel Welch on Encountering Elvis
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
A scalding performance of 'Heartbreak Hotel' that a budding sex symbol never forgot.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Raquel Welch
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2011
    Age 70
    In 2011, Time listed Welch's B.C. bikini in the "Top Ten Bikinis in Pop Culture".
    More Details Hide Details She went to Italy to appear in a heist movie for MGM, The Biggest Bundle of Them All then made (at a fee of $65,000) Shoot Loud... Louder... I Don't Understand for Joe E. Levine. She returned to Fox for her next movie, her first starring vehicle, the spy movie Fathom. She owed Fox four films, at one a year. She and Curtis also established their own production company, Curtwel.
    In 2011, Men's Health ranked her No. 2 in its "Hottest Women of All Time" list.
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  • 2008
    Age 67
    She also appeared in Welcome to The Captain, which premiered on CBS television on February 4, 2008.
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    In late 2008, she became a spokeswoman for Foster Grant's reading glasses campaign, created by Ferrara and Company.
    More Details Hide Details Welch's unique persona on film made her into an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. She carved out a place in movie history portraying strong female characters and breaking the mold of the submissive sex symbol. In 1995, Welch was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History". Playboy ranked Welch No. 3 on their "100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century" list.
  • 2007
    Age 66
    In January 2007, Welch was selected as the newest face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon series.
    More Details Hide Details Her line features several limited-edition makeup shades in glossy black and tiger-print packaging. The tiger print motif of the collection celebrates Welch's feline and sensuous image: "strong and wild, yet sultry and exotic". Welch has been married four times: Welch is the mother of Damon Welch (born November 6, 1959) and actress Tahnee Welch (born Latanne Rene Welch, December 26, 1961). Tahnee followed her mother's December 1979 example and appeared on the cover of Playboy in the November 1995 issue and in a nude pictorial inside it. Raquel Welch helped transform America’s feminine ideal into its current state. Her beautiful looks and eroticism made her the definitive 1960s and 1970s sex icon, rather than the blonde bombshell of the late-50's as typified by Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and others. Welch became a star in the mid-60's and was exotic, brunette, and smolderingly sexual. Her countless publicity photos helped to popularize her image, dress style, and 60's and 70's fashion trends. Welch and other actresses also made big hair popular.
  • 2001
    Age 60
    In 2001, she was awarded the Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her positive promotion of Americans of Latin heritage throughout her career.
    More Details Hide Details The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program book and videos were first released in 1984. The book, written by Welch with photographs by André Weinfeld, includes a hatha yoga fitness program, her views on healthy living and nutrition, as well as beauty and personal style. The Multi-Platinum collection of Fitness and Yoga videos were produced and directed by André Weinfeld. As a businesswoman, Welch succeeded with her signature line of wigs. She also began a jewelry and skincare line, although neither of those ventures compared to the success of her wig collection HAIRuWEAR.
    In 2001, she had a supporting role in the hit comedy film Legally Blonde opposite Reese Witherspoon.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 58
    Welch wed Richard Palmer in 1999 but then separated from him in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Welch has stated that she does not intend to marry again.
  • 1997
    Age 56
    In a 1997 episode of the comedy series Seinfeld, entitled "The Summer of George", Welch played a highly temperamental version of herself, assaulting series characters Kramer and Elaine, the former because he fired her from an acting job and the latter because Welch mistakenly thought that Elaine was mocking her.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared as a guest on the American comedy series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, as Sabrina's flamboyant Aunt Vesta.
  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 46
    In 1987, she flirted with a pop singing career, thus releasing the dance single "This Girl's Back In Town".
    More Details Hide Details She has performed in a one-woman nightclub musical act in Las Vegas and has starred on Broadway in Woman of the Year, receiving praise for following Lauren Bacall in the title role. She also starred in Victor/Victoria, having less success following Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli in the title roles. In 1979, for the series Mork & Mindy, Welch was featured as an alien bounty hunter pursuing Robin Williams in "Mork v. the Necrotons".
  • 1981
    Age 40
    Along with Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, Welch was among the candidates considered for the part of Alexis Carrington on the ABC prime time drama Dynasty which began in 1981, before the producers settled on Joan Collins.
    More Details Hide Details The actress was due to star in an 1982 adaptation of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, but was fired by the producers a few days into production. The producers said that at 40 years old she was too old to play the character. She was replaced with Debra Winger. Welch sued and collected a $10.8 million settlement.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    In 1980, she began a 10-year marriage to André Weinfeld, whom she divorced in 1990.
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  • 1975
    Age 34
    In a 1975 interview Welch said she thought she had been "good" in Kansas City Bomber, Myra Breckenridge and The Last of Sheila "but being good in a bad movie doesn't do anything for your career."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    In 1970, Welch teamed up with Tom Jones and producer/choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions for the television special Raquel!, considered by some viewers to be a classic pairing together of 1970s popular culture icons in their prime.
    More Details Hide Details The multimillion-dollar television song-and-dance extravaganza was filmed around the world, from Paris to Mexico. The show featured lavish production numbers of classic songs from the era, extravagant costumes, and guests including John Wayne and Bob Hope in the Wild West. She also appeared in a season three episode of The Muppet Show (1978). In addition to her television special, Raquel!, her television appearances include the movies The Legend of Walks Far Woman and Right to Die in which she turned in a stirring performance as a woman stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, and in the PBS series American Family, about a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles. She has appeared in the night-time soap opera Central Park West and made infomercials and exercise videos. She followed with a series of films that included The Three Musketeers (1973) and The Wild Party (1975).
  • 1969
    Age 28
    Welch starred in the movie, 100 Rifles, a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries.
    More Details Hide Details The film also starred Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, and Fernando Lamas.
  • 1966
    Age 25
    She married producer Patrick Curtis in 1966 and divorced him in 1972.
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  • 1963
    Age 22
    She initially intended to move to New York City from there, but moved back to Los Angeles in 1963 and started applying for roles with the movie studios.
    More Details Hide Details During this period of time, she met former child star and Hollywood agent Patrick Curtis who became her personal and business manager. They developed a plan to turn Welch into a sex symbol. To avoid typecasting as a Latina, he convinced her to use her husband's last name. She was cast in small parts in two films and landed small roles in the television series Bewitched, McHale's Navy and The Virginian. She also got work on the weekly variety series The Hollywood Palace as a billboard girl and presenter. She was one of many women who auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers on the television series Gilligan's Island. Welch's first featured role was in beach film A Swingin' Summer (1965). That same year, she won the Deb Star and was noticed by the wife of producer Saul David, who recommended her to 20th Century Fox, where with the help of Curtis she landed a contract. She agreed to seven-year nonexclusive contract, five pictures over the next five years and two floater.
  • 1962
    Age 21
    They had two children, Damon (born November 6, 1959) and Latanne Welch (born December 26, 1961), but they separated in 1962 and divorced in 1964.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1959
    Age 18
    Seeking an acting career, Welch won a scholarship in drama, took classes at San Diego State College and won several parts in local theater productions. In 1959, she played the title role in The Ramona Pageant, a yearly outdoor play at Hemet, California, which is based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson and Bob Biloe.
    More Details Hide Details She got a job as a weather forecaster at KFMB, a local San Diego television station. Due to her demanding work schedule, she quit school. After her separation from James Welch, she moved with her two children to Dallas, Texas, where she made a "precarious living" as a model for Neiman Marcus and as a cocktail waitress.
  • 1958
    Age 17
    Welch graduated from high school in 1958 and a year later, after becoming pregnant, married her high school sweetheart, James Welch on May 8, 1959.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Welch was born as Jo-Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo (1911–1976), was an aeronautical engineer from La Paz, Bolivia to Agustin Tejada and Raquel Urquizo after whom Welch had been named. Her mother, Josephine Sarah (née Hall; 1909–2000), was the daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and his wife Clara Louise Adams, and was of English origin originally of Salford, Lancashire, that dated back to the Mayflower. She has a younger brother James "Jim" Stanford and younger sister Gayle Carole. During her childhood, Welch attended the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church every Sunday with her mother. As a young girl, Raquel wanted to perform. She studied ballet from age seven to seventeen but gave it up after her instructor told her that she didn't have the right figure. Her parents divorced after moving to California. At age 14, she won a beauty title as Miss Photogenic, Miss Contour. While attending La Jolla High School she won the title of Miss Fairest of the Fair at the San Diego County Fair.
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